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    A Rat Bit This Tortoise's Legs Off But She Got Some Sick Wheels Instead

    Mrs T the tortoise has had a new lease of life after a rat chewed off her two front legs, thanks to the wheels from a toy plane.

    Mrs T, a tortoise who's at least 90 years old, has had a hard time lately. She enjoys roaming around the garden of owner Jude Ryder in Pembroke, west Wales, but earlier this month a rat chewed off her two front legs.

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    But Mrs T's owners came up with a novel solution to help her get around: by using the wheels from a model aircraft. And now she can go twice the speed.


    Ryder told the BBC she spent more than £1,000 in vet bills and feared the worst. Then her engineer son, Dale Sinclair-Jones, came up with the idea for the wheels, which were taken from a toy plane and attached to Mrs T's shell with resin.

    "We were afraid she may have to be put down but her new set of wheels have saved her life," she said.

    "She took to her new wheels straight away but she has had to learn how to turn and stop."

    "She can get a good speed up, much faster than before."


    Sinclair-Jones told BuzzFeed News that Mrs T is getting used to the wheels slowly but surely.

    "She's around 90 years old," Sinclair-Jones said. "It's a lot longer than I've been alive. We got her as a rescue tortoise about 30 years ago and the vet reckoned she was about 40 years old then.

    "She's doing quite well now. She had her legs amputated last Friday and I built some wheels which she's slowly getting used to having tweaked, and modified them slightly to make them fit better on the floor. But she does seem to be adjusting to them."

    The tortoise is around 90 years old, according to her owners, although her exact age is not known. An earlier version of this post misstated that she was 100 years old.

    Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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